FoodCrush

FoodCrush

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Get hungry.On the FoodCrush podcast, OnMilwaukee Food & Dining Writer Lori Fredrich and Culture Editor Matt Mueller tackle the ins and outs of dining, food facts, interesting ingredients and myriad topics related to food and beverage.Expect smart talk,…


Meredith Leigh on ethical meat & food advocacy
Aug 14 • 79 min
On this week’s podcast, we talk face-to-face with Meredith Leigh about some of the tough questions facing our food system including elitism in the food movement, food justice, women in butchery and the role of empathy in farming and raising livestock.
Jennifer Clearwater on Reviving Lovino Sangria
Aug 7 • 76 min
From her fortuitous meeting with original Lovino Sangria owners Jamie and Erica Zdroik, to her journey in recreating the flavors of the latent sangria brand with the help of Craig Fletcher of Mona Rose Winery in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, we’ll explore the…
Plant-based cuisine with Melanie Manuel
Jul 31 • 75 min
Melanie Manuel shares her thoughts on restaurant ownership, the inspiration behind her approach to plant-based fare, her success in making vegan food accessible to customers and her thoughts on the increased popularity of plant-based proteins like the…
A chef’s life with Dane Baldwin of The Diplomat
Jul 24 • 70 min
On this week’s podcast, we talk with Dane Baldwin, chef and owner of The Diplomat about his passion for food and his journey to becoming a chef.
Creating bars where women (and men) feel safe
Jul 17 • 67 min
In this episode, we chat with Peaches Seguin and Colleen Santner of Una Cafe about creating a bar culture in which customers feel safe and welcome.
Living the Real Good Life with Maggie Joos
Jul 10 • 75 min
Maggie Joos talks about her journey to starting her own business, the inspiration behind Real Good Life and the day-to-day realities of balancing entrepreneurism and family.
John McMahon of Door Co. Brewing Hacienda Beer Co.
Jun 26 • 76 min
In this week’s podcast, we talk with Door Co. Brewing founder John McMahon about his journey from Texas to Wisconsin and his evolution from a career in technology to heading up one of Wisconsin’s most creative beer brands.
Chef Daniel Jacobs offers an inside view of life with Kennedy’s Disease
Jun 19 • 74 min
In this week’s podcast, Jacobs talks candidly about his diagnosis, the challenges of living with a disease about which so little is known, and the deeply personal impact it’s had on his life and work.
Megan Mares of Miller-Coors talks the Future of Beer
Jun 12 • 69 min
We consulted with Megan Mares, Trade Brewer for MillerCoors about the changing beer landscape.
Open hearths & Deadheads: One chef’s love affair with the Grateful Dead
Jun 5 • 72 min
During this week’s podcast, we chat with Chef Miles Borghgraef about the origins of his identity as a Deadhead, the albums and songs that rock his world and the ways in which the Grateful Dead have managed to influence his life and work in the restaurant…
A Chef’s Life: AJ Dixon talks work-life balance
May 30 • 88 min
On this week’s podcast, we talk with AJ Dixon, chef and owner of Bay View’s Lazy Susan, about her day-to-day life as a female chef, mother and business owner.
Milwaukee Sausage Co.
May 22 • 71 min
In this episode, we chat with Mark Maciejewski and Jeff Marquardt of Milwaukee Sausage Co. about what makes sausages such a quintessential part of the Midwestern diet.
What’s a KuneKune? A girl, a farm and heritage breed hogs
May 15 • 53 min
On this week’s podcast we talk with Nikki Barr, a Kettle Range Meats employee and young farmer who raises heritage breed Kunekune pigs (pronounced “cooney cooney”) at Pike Creek Meats, a small-scale 10-acre farm at Somers Farm and Prairie, an innovative…
From Dubuque, Iowa to the Bocuse D’or, a chat with Chef Paris Dreibelbis
May 8 • 59 min
In this episode of FoodCrush, Dreibelbis shares his insights about the fierce competition, what it takes to compete and what the experience means to the career of a young chef.
From kalua pig to poke, the cuisine of Hawaii
May 1 • 52 min
Join us as we explore the riches of the Hawaiian islands with David Lau and Guy Roeseler, owners of Ono Kine Grindz.
From lumpia to pancit: A look at Filipino cuisine with Alexa and Matthew Alfaro
Apr 24 • 72 min
We chat with Alexa and Matthew Alfaro of Meat on the Street about the unique flavors inherent to Filipino fare, the recipes they grew up eating and the challenges of introducing unfamiliar flavors and dishes to their customers.
Chef John Korycki on serving up seafood in the Midwest
Apr 17 • 75 min
In this episode, we chat with Chef John Korycki of Harbor House in Milwaukee about how restaurants source the freshest of seafood, even in the landlocked Midwest.
Industry Outsider: How a stand-up comedian fell headlong into the restaurant biz
Apr 10 • 70 min
In this episode we talk to hospitality entrepreneur and marketing consultant Wes Shaver about his winding journey to restaurant ownership.
Soft, dark & handsome: Milwaukee Pretzel Co. weighs in on the world’s oldest snack food
Apr 3 • 51 min
In this episode, we chat with Katie Wessel, the expert baker behind Milwaukee Pretzel Co., makers of the city’s most authentic German pretzels.
A chat with John Dye, owner & curator of Milwaukee’s historic bars
Mar 27 • 71 min
In this episode of FoodCrush, we sit down with Dye to discuss his background, his motivation for taking on the curation of historic bars and the challenges he faces in keeping those spots alive.
Pop, pour, drink: The allure of ready-to-drink cocktails
Mar 20 • 57 min
In this week’s podcast, we talk with Doug MacKenzie and Jason Neu, owners of SoulBoxer Cocktail Co.
Part 2: Trappist monks are cool, but women are rad: Females in beer history
Mar 13 • 52 min
In this two-part episode, we chat with Beermaster Kim Bell and Beverage Director Ileana Rivera of Lowlands Group about brewing history and the major role females have played.
Part 1: Trappist monks are cool, but women are rad: Females in beer history
Mar 13 • 58 min
In this two-part episode, we chat with Beermaster Kim Bell and Beverage Director Ileana Rivera of Lowlands Group about brewing history and the major role females have played.
Michael Vitucci on the evolution of the bar scene in Milwaukee
Mar 6 • 69 min
Michael Vitucci shares stories about growing up in a bar family, insights on the ever-changing East Side and thoughts on designing a great bar experience.
Creamy, Cheesy, Yum: A chat with Kristine Hansen, author of “The Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook”
Feb 27 • 67 min
On this week’s podcast, we chat with Kristine Hansen, author of a brand new book, “The Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook.”
Are food co-ops still relevent? A chat with Pam Mehnert of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative
Feb 20 • 49 min
We took the plunge and consulted with a cooperative veteran, Pam Mehnert of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative to chat co-ops: what they are, why they’re relevent… and, most importantly, why they’re cool.
Soup’s on: A chat with the new Soup Otzie, Scott McCowan
Feb 13 • 64 min
We chat with Scott McCowan, the new owner of Soup Otzie’s, about his unexpected transition to owning a soup restaurant.
A chocolate-filled chat with Indulgence Chocolatiers’ Julie Waterman
Feb 6 • 63 min
We dive deep with Indulgence Chocolatiers owner Julie Waterman.
Ten years of Bittercube: A spirited chat with Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz
Jan 23 • 89 min
In this episode of FoodCrush, we delve into the world of craft cocktails with longtime bartenders and Bittercube founders Nick Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz.
It might be time to give up the quest for “authentic” food: A chat with Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite of Dandan, EsterEv & Fauntleroy
Jan 16 • 60 min
Does it exist? Does it matter? Or should we all just sit back, relax and enjoy a bit more of that delicious food?
Welp Yelp: The good and evil of online reviewing platforms with Greg & Orry Leon of Amilinda
Jan 9 • 64 min
We chat with restaurant owners Chef Gregory Leon and Orry Leon about the pros and cons of online reviews and how they can help or hurt — local restaurants.
A Life of Pie: A chat with Valeri Lucks of Palomino, Honeypie Cafe and SmallPie
Jan 2 • 60 min
We chat with Val Lucks, head pie maker and owner of Honeypie Cafe, Palomino and Smallpie about her life as a pie-obsessed baker.
The lure of ramen: A chat with Chef Gregg Des Rossier of Tochi
Dec 26, 2018 • 61 min
Today we chat with Chef Gregg Des Rossier of Tochi about the lure of ramen. He’ll share tidbits about life as a ramen chef, chat about his travels to Japan and what makes a great bowl of ramen.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs: A conversation with Ron Faiola
Dec 19, 2018 • 51 min
We chat with award-winning film-maker and author Ron Faiola to debunk myths and uncover hidden gems in the supper club circuit.
Service is a two way street: A lesson in hospitality with Joshua Wolter
Dec 5, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, co-hosts Matt Mueller and Lori Fredrich chat with service industry veteran, Joshua Wolter, about the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of great service.
The Mystique of the truffle: An odoriferous episode with Mushroom Mike
Nov 28, 2018 • 53 min
On this week’s podcast, we sit down with Mike Jozwik (Mushroom Mike) to pick his brain about one of the world’s most indulgent foods: truffles.
Giving Thanks: Chefs give back at the Guest House
Nov 21, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode we talk with James Beard Award winning Chef Justin Aprahamian of Sanford and Erik Koepnick of The Guest House about how chefs in Milwaukee give back by feeding the homeless.
A guide to great holiday wine with Jordan Burich of Voyager
Nov 14, 2018 • 60 min
The holidays are right around the corner, so we’re on the hunt for beautiful wines to serve with holiday food.
The art of the sandwich: A chat with Chef Andrew Miller of Third Coast Provisions
Nov 7, 2018 • 48 min
Listen in as we go deep with local sandwich connoisseur and chef, Andrew Miller of Third Coast Provisions and Merriment Social.
What’s up with dining surveys anyhow?
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
A closer look at OnMilwaukee’s dining polls.
Caitlin Cullen of The Tandem: Fried chicken
Oct 24, 2018 • 40 min
We’ll talk all things fried chicken with the hilarious and forthright Caitlin Cullen, owner and chef of The Tandem.
Aw Shucks!: Learning to Love Oysters
Oct 17, 2018 • 67 min
Will Matt’s first oyster experience be a blast? Or a bust? Find out on FoodCrush.
Karen Bell of Bavette: Life after a James Beard nomination
Oct 10, 2018 • 51 min
We chat with Milwaukee’s own Karen Bell, 2018 James Beard nominee and owner of Bavette La Boucherie, about her experience as well as her storied past and plans for the future.
Big Important Food Questions
Oct 3, 2018 • 46 min
Get to know hosts Lori Fredrich and Matt Mueller a little better as they tackle some of the bigger, more important questions in life.